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The communications office of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin provides media with timely, accurate information about the Wildflower Center. Below are recent press releases related to Center events and to staff expertise on conservation practices, native plant gardening, nature education, and native plant resources and research findings. For more information or photos beyond those on the newsroom site, please contact:

    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

April 18, 2008

Texas Artists’ Sculptures Debut

What:  The Sculpture in the Wild exhibit debuts this spring with an initial installment of 12 pieces.

When:  The sculptures will be on display through June.

Where:  Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX, 78739. The first sculpture, "Skyline II" greets visitors at the entry, and other sculptures are located throughout the gardens.

Background: The Wildflower Center features a spring exhibit of nature-inspired sculptures nestled throughout the Center's grounds. Texas artists crafted the works from limestone, bronze and natural materials, creating objects that are nature-related, figurative or abstract. The sculptures symbolize everything from the human connection to imagery to family longings and primal states. The pieces include an emerald green boat of bronze and aluminum by Roger Colombik that represents Eastern European families separated from their homelands by war and political unrest, two whimsical painted totems in the Color Garden by Danville Chadbourne and a tear-drop shaped, limestone sculpture by Colleen McCulla-Thomas.

The sculptures provide the public with new experiences on each trip to the Wildflower Center's gardens. Additional rotating exhibits of art are planned, with each show lasting several months to give visitors an added visual dimension as the gardens change with the seasons. The Center now features a cell phone tour of the 16 gardens that visitors can access using their mobile phone and directions provided at the front gate.                                                                                              

Admission: $7 adults, $6 seniors and students, $3 children and free for members and children under 5. For more information, call 512.232.0100 or visit http://www.wildflower.org/.

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